Bard Education’s Commitment to Health & Safety

Bard Education maintains that keeping our participants, staff, and community safe is our top priority. As we make a careful transition back to in-person programming, we will provide clear and up-to-date communication of how we mitigate and monitor health/safety risks.

The strategies below are informed by the PHO, BC Safe Schools, BC Camps Association, WorkSafe BC, and Bard’s Joint Health & Safety Committee. They will be updated to coincide with PHO guidelines and Bard’s own Communicable Disease Prevention Plan when necessary. Last Update: July 21, 2022.  

Thank you for your support and compliance! For questions related to Bard Education’s Health & Safety measures, please contact Education Manager, Katie Johnstone.


As of April 8, 2022, patrons and visitors will not be required to produce proof of vaccination to access the Festival site, as that PHO requirement will no longer be in effect. All Bard employees are fully vaccinated.


Bard Education provides a mask-friendly space for staff and participants. During programs hosted on Bard premises, we encourage you to don a mask if that’s what makes you feel most comfortable. Disposable masks will be available on request.


Staying Home When Sick: Participants and employees that are sick are asked to notify us of their absence and stay home.

Hand-Washing Protocols: We recommend all participants/staff wash their hands well and often for at least 20 seconds, followed by a thorough rinse. Hand-sanitizing stations will be installed near activity spaces.

Cough/sneeze etiquette: We recommend all participants/staff cover their mouth and nose with a sleeve or tissue when coughing or sneezing, and turn away from others when coughing or sneezing.


We also recognize that individuals may need to cancel their participation at short notice due to illness. If you are unable to attend your Bard Education program due to illness, we will offer a credit, transfer or a refund. Appropriate response will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.